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Debriefing the president : the interrogation of Saddam Hussein /

Debriefing the president : the interrogation of Saddam Hussein /
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R2583542 B HUSS
Adult Non Fiction   Bermagui . Available .  
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ISBN 9780593077771
Shelf Location B HUSS
Author Nixon, John, author
Title Debriefing the president : the interrogation of Saddam Hussein / John Nixon.
Production/Publication data London: Bantam Press, ©2016
Physical Description 239 pages ; 24 cm.
Carrier Type volume
Summary Note In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world. At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was. Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era's most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America's most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein's leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers--and the Bush White House--astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world's most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.
Subject added entry -- Personal Name Hussein, Saddam, 1937-2006
Hussein, Saddam, 1937-2006 -- Imprisonment --
Hussein, Saddam, 1937-2006 -- Last years --
Subject Nixon, John (Middle East expert) -- -- Interviews --
Dictators -- Iraq
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Subject (Geographic) Iraq -- Politics and government -- -- 2003- --
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